Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Eve in the septic tank

You think Ebenezer Scrooge had one miserable Christmas Eve?? He had nothing on Robert Schoff of Des Moines, Iowa.

Robert Schoff, 77, had a clog in his septic tank on Christmas Eve. Realizing that he would not be able to get someone to fix it on the holiday, Robert decided to unclog it himself.

So, he went out into his yard, uncovered the septic tank and reached his arm in there. But that wasn't all.

Robert slipped and fell head first into the septic tank and securely lodged in the opening with his feet and legs still flailing in the air above the tank.

About an hour later, his wife, Toni, happened to walk by a window and noticed a pair of legs kicking in the air above the septic tank hole. She ran out to rescue Robert.

Unfortunately, even though Robert is only 5 ft -5 in. tall and 138 lbs., Toni couldn't extract him from the hole. She called 911 and two sheriffs came to free him from the tank.

Robert, a master of understatement, said, "It wasn't good, I'll tell you what. It was the worst Christmas I've ever had."

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Let me see the clear image of my septic below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a glimpse of Bob's legs and his near-frozen rear.


Gerry Hatrić said...

Talk about being in deep doo-doo! Ugh.

josey said...

i'm surprised he could say something that coherent after having his head upside-down-nearly-dipped-in-doodoo for an hour! LOL!!

FriendinME said...

having been too close to a septic tank opening... I can imagine what this must have been like. He is probably still getting a whiff of it in his nostrils. ack.

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